Friday, August 26, 2016

Preparing for Japan

©2016 Barry Smith - Tiny tags
Fiona and I are joining a fews of our artist friends (N, C & M) in a Sunshine Coast Council sister city art exchange in Tatebayashi Japan in October. The exchange will, amongst other things, include a one week group art exhibition; and a one day citizen's festival.

At the festival the group will work with festival participants to create an environmental themed art piece that could include: a hand made book; a print; a handmade brush; brush art works on paper; a stamped metal leaf; and a string and metal tag to hold it all together..

I have been cutting 100 pieces of metal for flat leaf forms; and 100 small tags with punched holes.

©2016 Barry Smith - Leaves in the rough
©2016 Barry Smith - Lots of leaf offcuts
©2016 Barry Smith - Tags in the rough
©2016 Barry Smith - How the leaves started
©2016 Barry Smith - 100 brass leaf forms cut from an old brass jardiniere 
Today I started the process of polishing the bits - mainly tags today.

©2016 Barry Smith - 100 polish small (from 12mm square to 15mm by 20mm) brass metal tags 
I have also been testing the stamps with different hammers and different surfaces under the metal.

©2016 Barry Smith - Peace, hearts, tree of life, footprints - surely these are all linked to the environment!!!!
I came to the conclusion that a 1kg hammer and the end grain of a hardwood block would work best. Now I'm off too have a Friday night glass or two of red.


  1. Japan in October sounds wonderful! I can see there will be lots of happy recipients of your beautiful leaves. You really deserve that red, B!

  2. Hi C - I hope you are right about lots of happy folk. Go well. B


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